capacity

[ kuh-pas-i-tee ]
/ kəˈpæs ɪ ti /

noun, plural ca·pac·i·ties.

adjective

reaching maximum capacity: a capacity audience; a capacity crowd.

Nearby words

  1. capacitation,
  2. capacitive,
  3. capacitive coupling,
  4. capacitive reactance,
  5. capacitor,
  6. capactin,
  7. capaneus,
  8. caparison,
  9. capataz,
  10. cape

Origin of capacity

1375–1425; late Middle English capacite < Middle French < Latin capācitāt- (stem of capācitās), equivalent to capāci-, stem of capāx roomy (cap(ere) to hold + -āci- adj. suffix) + -tāt- -ty2

Can be confusedability capacity

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British Dictionary definitions for capacity

capacity

/ (kəˈpæsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for capacity

C15: from Old French capacite, from Latin capācitās, from capāx spacious, from capere to take

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Word Origin and History for capacity

capacity

n.

early 15c., from Middle French capacité "ability to hold" (15c.), from Latin capacitatem (nominative capacitas) "breadth, capacity, capability of holding much," noun of state from capax (genitive capacis) "able to hold much," from capere "to take" (see capable). Meaning "largest audience a place can hold" is 1908.

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Medicine definitions for capacity

capacity

[ kə-păsĭ-tē ]

n.

The measure of potential cubic contents of a cavity or receptacle; volume.
Ability to perform or produce; capability.

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